Family, friends, teammates say final goodbye to Halladay
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay was remembered Tuesday as an amazing husband, father, friend and teammate who was one of the best pitchers of his generation but an even better man.
A “Celebration of Life for Roy Halladay” attracted more than 1,000 people to Spectrum Field, the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, one of two franchises Halladay played for during a stellar 16-year career.
“The man made the ballplayer,” Phillies owner John Middleton said, “not the other way around.”
Halladay died Nov. 7 at age 40 when his plane crashed. An eighttime all-star who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, Halladay played 12 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 and four for the Phillies from ’09 to ’13, going 203-105 with a 3.38 career ERA.
The public memorial began with a video tribute and ended with Halladay’s wife, Brandy, standing on the mound and releasing butterflies.
“He was awe-striking. He was beautiful inside and out. Without saying a word, he seemed to always have just the right thing to say,” she said.
Brandy Halladay, middle, wife of late pitcher Roy Halladay, along with hers sons Braden, left, and Ryan release butterflies.